Sunday, August 02, 2009

Buddleia + butterflies

Loads of fantastic butterflies in the garden this morning. I am smitten with Painted Ladies. Most around now are of the generation that hatched in the UK/northern Europe, the offspring of the North African immigrants which themselves emerged in the Atlas mountains. The newer ones are in pristine condition. I could almost... eat one!

Peacock and Painted Lady
Peacock and Painted Lady

Peacock basking on a dead tree stump

Painted Lady and Large White
Painted Lady (see a bit of a theme here?) and Large White

Painted Lady
Painted Lady...

Meadow Brown
Meadow Brown has its own subtle charms

The teasel

Teasels are fabulous wildlife garden plants. Insects go mad for the purple flowers and later on, Goldfinches can't get enough of the seeds. Well, male Goldfinches do, anyway. I think the females have thicker bills which don't let them get the seeds! Must check...

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM